Darrel Walker, the Premier League Kicks Coordinator and Youth Worker for Bradford City FC Community Foundation has earned the prestigious title of Community Captain from the Premier League.

In his role overseeing the Foundation’s complimentary football programs throughout Bradford via the Premier League Kicks initiative, Darrel received a framed shirt, a Community Captain Armband, and a pennant as tokens of appreciation for his relentless contributions to the Foundation and his positive influence on the local community.

Darrel said: “I am made up to have been named a Community Captain. It was nice to even have been nominated but to have won this recognition means the world to me. As a young lad growing up in Bradford I would have loved the chance to take part in programmes like Premier League Kicks, so to be able to deliver for young people across the city is something I am very proud of.”

The acknowledgement ceremony for the Community Captain awards unfolded at Bradford’s Frame 2 Complex, a regular venue for Darrel’s weekly Premier League Kicks sessions. This football initiative serves as a constructive diversion for vulnerable youth in Bradford’s socioeconomically challenged areas.

The Premier League’s Community Captain initiative, an integral part of their More Than A Game campaign, aims to honour individuals making a positive impact through community service. The Premier League Kicks and Premier League Primary Stars programs, run by the Bradford City FC Community Foundation, receive support from the Premier League. These initiatives offer free football sessions and in-school activities, respectively, reaching, assisting, and inspiring young people throughout Bradford with both sporting and academic pursuits.

One of the beneficiaries of the Premier League Kicks program, Denzel, a regular participant in the sessions, had the privilege of presenting Darrel with a framed picture during the awards ceremony.

Denzel said: “Darrel is fantastic to have around at sessions. He always makes time for you, you can talk to him about anything, not just football, and me and the other guys always look forward to seeing him. Coming to the sessions gets me out, keeps me fit, and lets me have fun every week.”

Foundation CEO and former BCAFC player, Ian Ormondroyd, was delighted that Darrel has
been recognised for his efforts.

Ian said: “When Darrel started working with the Foundation, his passion for youth work was evident. He has gone from strength to strength in his time here, coordinating and running our Premier League sessions, which now provide free football to people all over Bradford six days a week. We are all very proud of him, and know that this recognition will only spur him on to continue doing his crucial work for the young people of the city.”